The first lightweight class rider in our Wheelies 30 is Aron Canet, who occupies spot #26.
The young Spaniard made his full-time debut in the Moto3 in 2016 alongside Estrella Galicia 0,0 and caught the attention of some pairs of eyes as he scored one podium finish and one pole position.
In 2017 he remained alongside EG 0,0 and, as Jorge Navarro stepped up to Moto2, he became the #1 rider inside the garage.
Canet managed to step up to his role and had his first glorious moment in the qualifying session of the Americas GP. The Spaniard took pole position for more than one second ahead of the 2nd place. Unfortunately for him, the weekend ended in a heartbreak as he crashed in the race out of the lead while battling Romano Fenati for the win.
The young prodigy came back much stronger mentally on home turf in Jerez and took his first ever career win after some amazing last lap maneuvers over Joan Mir and Romano Fenati.
After a 2nd place in Le Mans and two straight 5th places in Mugello and Catalunya, a scenario similar to the one in Jerez occured on the TT Assen, where Canet took his second win of the season after some last lap madness. The first 9 riders crossed the finish line in a lapse of less than 1 second.
Aron kicked off the second half of the season with a 3rd place in Brno, which kept alive his championship chances. A third win of the season at Silverstone lifted him up to 2nd in the standings, but the last third of the season did not bring any podium finish for Canet, so he fell again in 3rd. Two more 5th places in Misano and Aragon, corroborated with a 9th place in Valencia were enough for Canet to finish the season ahead of compatriot Jorge Martin and to secure the bronze medal at the FIM Ceremony.
If Canet keeps up the good job next year and becomes a little more constant, he might become the main championship contender in the lightweight class of the MotoGP World Championship.
photo credit – Box Repsol